Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Ever wondered how Creativity survives evaluation?

M. Csikszentmihalyi (1996) offers some insights. In the context of human evolution, he admits that "we can't leave the evaluation of new ideas to their respective fields or to the 'invisible hand' of the marketplace" (for the respective reasons of arrogance and "short-termist-cum-basic-instinctual" attitude). Yet he concedes that "it is probably the case that within each field there are enough individuals with both expertise and a sense of the public good who could be deputized to serve the interests of society." (italics supplied) p. 325, Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention.

I am nurturing fresh hopes for using Social Software to preserve culture.

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